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5 Quick Things: February 12, 2021


1. Fall 2021 Return to Campus Plan

UTHSC is planning to move to a format that includes on-campus preclinical courses for our students this fall. Read the full announcement from the Chancellor on the Messages from the Chancellor website.

2. COVID-19 Testing Site Moving to SAC Dining Hall

The COVID-19 testing site on the Memphis campus in the Student-Alumni Center (SAC) gymnasium has temporarily moved to the SAC Dining Hall (800 Madison Avenue) for the next 4 to 6 weeks, while an air handler is installed in the gymnasium. Patients should continue to enter via the breezeway on the backside of the building, and not through the front door of the SAC.

The SAC testing site is open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 12:00 – 4:00 pm and Saturdays 1:00 – 3:00 pm with no appointment necessary for faculty, staff, and students. Spouses, family members, and friends of UTHSC faculty, staff, and students cannot be tested at the SAC location and should go to a community testing site operated by University Clinical Health. The SAC testing site is closed on holidays.

The SAC testing site is for those who are asymptomatic (no symptoms) and have had no known exposure to COVID-19.

Those with symptoms or who may have been exposed to COVID-19 will be referred to a University Clinical Health mobile testing site by texting “COVID” to 901.203.5526. Test results will take about 48 hours to be returned to the patient.

3. Nominations Open for President’s Awards

Please nominate a faculty or staff member for the 2021 President’s Awards! There are six categories for the President’s Awards:

  • Connect
  • Discover
  • Diversity
  • Educate
  • Support (exempt staff)
  • Support (non-exempt staff)

To read more about each category, and to see past winners (UTHSC has had 8 winners in the past four years!), please visit the President’s Awards website.

To be eligible, employees must be:

  • Regular, full-time faculty or staff
  • Located at any of our UTHSC locations
  • Employed for at least 5 full calendar years prior to the date of nomination
  • Free from any disciplinary actions for the past 5 years
  • Consistently exceeding expectations with their overall performance

Past President’s Award winners are not eligible for nomination for five years. UT System Administration vice presidents, campus/institute chancellors, and vice chancellors are also not eligible.

You may nominate one employee per category by providing a few sentences about how the nominee stands out in their particular category via the online submission formNominations close Sunday, February 21.

President’s Award Nomination Form


4. Flu Vaccinations Available at UHS

UTHSC employees and students can schedule an appointment with University Health Services for FREE flu vaccinations Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (closed 1:00 – 2:00 pm daily for lunch) at 910 Madison Avenue, 9th Floor, on the Memphis campus.

Flu vaccinations are mandatory this year for all UT employees and students, unless you have documentation to support an exemption.

To schedule an appointment, please call University Health Services at 901.448.5630. No walk-ins will be accepted.

Verification of vaccine administration will be provided during the visit.

If you have any questions regarding the flu vaccine, please visit the Vaccination Requirements page on the UTHSC website or contact University Health Services at 901.448.5630.

5. Submit a Sweet Shoutout!

With Valentine’s Day coming up soon, let’s share some of the positivity that is continuously happening on our (physical and virtual) campus!

The Women’s Resource Group is providing an online platform for all of UTHSC’s faculty, staff, and students to virtually send a “Sweet Shoutout” to someone on campus who has helped or inspired them in a positive way.

To send a “Sweet Shoutout,” simply visit the Sweet Shoutouts website on the Women’s Resource Group website (or click the button below), fill out the form, and your message will appear on the Sweet Shoutouts submissions website.

Thank you for spreading some love on our campus!

Send a Sweet Shoutout!